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By Adrianna Outlaw | Saturday, July 24, 2021


Twenty-year-old Hugo Gaston rallied past Laslo Djere 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 into his first ATP final where he will face Casper Ruud for the Swiss Open Gstaad title.

Photo credit: Mathias Schulz/@SwissOpenGstaad

Hugo Gaston's great Gstaad adventure continues with a trip to his first ATP final.

The 20-year-old Frenchman showed his flair for the drop shot and clever combinations fending off Laslo Djere 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Swiss Open Gstaad final.

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The left-hander converted two of his six breaks in the final set and exploited eight double faults from Djere in a one hour, 48-minute triumph. Gaston had not surpass a Tour-level second-round at the start of this week. Tomorrow, he will face third-seeded Casper Ruud for the title.

In Friday's quarterfinals, the 155th-ranked Gaston denied four match points upsetting fourth-seeded Cristian Garin 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(11) to reach his first ATP semifinal. Gaston sealed that victory with the drop shot and used it again today unsettling Djere at times with his control of the dropper. 

The seventh-seeded Djere was playing in his second straight clay-court semifinal following his run to the Hamburg final four last weekend.

Gaston scored his 18th clay-court win of this season, including ATP Challenger Tour finals at the Concord Iasi Open and the Roma Garden Open I.

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A red-hot Ruud torched through nine straight games closing the curtain on Czech qualifier Vit Kopriva 6-3, 6-0.

It was Ruud's seventh straight win following his run to last week's Bastad title.

The 14th-ranked Ruud is playing for his third title of the year after raising title trophies in Geneva and Bastad this year. All three of Ruud's championships have come on his beloved red clay.


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